Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2022) . . Page.. 2634 ..
On behalf of the committee, I thank everyone who contributed to this inquiry. I thank the other members of the committee, Mr Milligan and Mr Pettersson. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.54): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion.
On 2 August 2022, a petition was received by the Assembly and forwarded to the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion for consideration. The petitioners supported the concerns of the Lyneham Primary School Parents & Citizens Association that their school building, which is over 60 years old, presents several risks and hazards. The petitioners called on the ACT government to complete its building report that was commenced in 2013 and later stalled. Increased enrolments at Lyneham Primary School have also resulted in specialist teaching rooms being converted into general classrooms.
The petitioners’ requests are echoed by several of the recommendations of the report by the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion entitled Managing ACT school infrastructure, which was tabled in May this year. The committee also notes the government’s response to our report and welcomes its support of our recommendations; namely, to support schools to communicate and engage with families on hazardous materials in schools, ensure that specialist teaching spaces are taken into account when the capacity of a given school is increased so that these learning environments are not lost in repurposing for general classrooms, and articulate and communicate to the wider community medium- and long-term plans to address capacity issues at schools.
The Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion continues its commitment to examine school infrastructure, especially in light of population growth within the ACT.
Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.56): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure.
Standing order 16 requires the committee, in each term, to inquire into and report on the operation of the standing orders and continuing resolutions of the Assembly, with a view to ensuring that the practices and procedures of the Assembly remain relevant and reflect practice.
At its meeting on Monday, 19 September 2022, the committee agreed to commence its review. The committee has adopted the proposed timetable. In late September,